Justin Bieber’s New Hit Single: “Baby, I’m Taking Your SIM Card”


I just read the story of everyone’s favorite teen idol, Justin Bieber, and his tangle with the paparazzi at a Miami night spot last week. It appears a photographer found disfavor with The Biebs and, as a result, had his camera (and memory card) confiscated by a Bieb Bodyguard.

A witness caught the audio and shared it with TMZ. In the audio, you can hear the photographer pleading for mercy from the Biebs. I think this is a lot like what happened during the reign of Henry VIII. Or, really, any trip through security at a US airport.

And it’s not the first time. It appears the Biebs has had enough of photographers. Maybe it’s a build up of teen angst or just simple frustration over learning his current fashion style is a recycled version of Vanilla Ice, circa 1990.

Whatever the reason, the Biebs is angry. According to TMZ, he’s been going all vigilante on photographers lately, indicating he might be a graduate of the Alec Baldwin School of Charm, earning a degree in “How to Insult Photographers and Get Sued.”

Now, I am not excusing rude behavior. I’ve seen paparazzi working and quite often, it ain’t pretty.  If you’ve never encountered a pack of frenzied paparazzi photographers minutes before a celebrity exists a trendy nightspot, then take a look at the National Geographic Special “Wolf Hunting Tactics, and you’ll get a good feel for what happens.  Imagine the wolves walking upright and wielding cameras; it’s pretty much the same thing:

Yes, these photographers push and yell and hide in private places to get their shots and can admittedly be a pain in the backside. Put anyone of note in their midst, and it’s like throwing a french fry into a crowd of pigeons.

But all that being said…isn’t that their job? And further more, wouldn’t the same celebrities that complain and moan about the attention of the paparazzi be equally put out should they not receive it?

I’ve always been fascinated with celebrities who work so very hard at being recognized, and then, having  achieved celebrity status, pull a Greta Garbo and claim they want to be left alone. This demand for privacy continues until their star fades, at which time they find themselves missing the attention and acting out so as to gain recognition from the paparazzi once again.


Rather than receding into the annals of time, they will go to great lengths to put themselves back in front of the photographer’s lens. There is no other way to explain the participants of “Celebrity Fit Club: Boot Camp,” “Splash” or “Celebrity Apprentice.”

But, back to the Biebs. If you’re a photographer and you tangle with the Biebs, you’ve got to know that he will take your camera, BUT, he won’t stop there.

He will take your SIM card.

Yes, in an act of quick thinking usually reserved for Special OP guys and Navy Seals, the Biebs instructed the photographer’s camera be returned, but, informed the photographer that he was taking the SIM card. In fact, he repeated several times, “I’m gonna take your SIM card. Bro, I’m taking your SIM card.” The Biebs has a way with words. And, it would seem, technology.

Now, I’m not really sure what taking a SIM card has to do with anything, but I for one feel better that if I’m ever in the position to photograph Justin Bieber on a day in which he’s feeling exceptionally hormonal, the worst thing he will do is take my SIM card.

  • gochugogi

    Maybe Mr Beaver Ice thinks paparazzi use iPhones with large accessory lenses and takes their SIM card to prevent them from posting on FB or calling 911?

  • Fuzztographer

    Just stating the obvious here in saying Beibs and Co are technologically inept to the point of hilarity.

  • Genkakuzai

    Gotta love kiddies being cocky behind their bodyguards. Douche.

  • Hightower

    So what is your point? We already read this in an actual news article posted on this website. So you wanted to what? Remind us that Bieber is a douche and paparazzi can be unscrupulous?

    This was a pretty pointless article.

  • aminucyrus

    Ohhh nooo ,someone tell him what the sim card is for.

  • ope

    Are you sure he ddint meant SD card

  • Motioneer

    Ok, what is the audience of this website?

    Photographers interested in the art and technology of photography.

    People how like to read about their passion and like to be challenged to rethink their view of it.

    This article could have been a great opportunity to shed light on the status quo paparazzi. Look at it from a Celebrity point of view, who has turned all of his private life into a steadily ongoing photo shoot,
    and the photographer point of view, who has do deliver good photos in order to get paid.

    Instead of questioning the morals of the photographers, or clarify the inevitability of these practices, you instead chose to write an article that basically says “Look, a famous person made a Bo Bo”.

    Please. We, as photographers and a community, are better than that.

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  • alex

    Naw man, SIM card

  • Steve

    This isn’t as strange a thing as photographers would think. I work in small scale lab and a lot of people of all ages come in and don’t understand the difference between a SIM and SD card, between a memory card and a MemoryStick. A woman once argued with me when I asked if the tablet she was trying to get photos off had a memory card, though for some reason she couldn’t understand, even after visual evidence and inspection, as well as manufacturer press material, that her tablet could indeed run without the memory card making her print job significantly faster by bypassing slow connection cables and emails.
    Technopeasants are the majority, it sometimes feels.